Biennale du Son / Le Mans Sonore 2022

Clara de Asís (b. 1988, Spain) is a composer and sound artist who explores the nexus of acoustics, spatiality, alternative notation and the phenomenology of listening.

Alongside her compositions, her performance practice involves the use of electronics, various materials and found objects, transcending musical categories towards the experience of sound and placing the act of listening at the core of the creative process.

She develops the notion of simplicity as an aesthetic principle.

Her works have been presented throughout Europe, America and Asia, in the form of concerts, premieres and installations. In 2020 her piece Comme de loin was honoured with a State Commission from the Ministry of Culture in France. She has been commissioned by prominent institutions such as GMEA Centre National de Création Musicale, Dara String Festival, Museo Reina Sofía Madrid, Sonic Art Research Unit Oxford, Helsinki Hiljaisen Musiikin Konsertti, among others. Clara de Asís has composed a variety of works for diverse ensembles, and performs widely across Europe.

De Asís’ recording output has been published by Another Timbre (UK), Elsewhere (USA), Marginal Frequency (USA), Insub (CH), PiedNu (FR), Pilgrim Talk (USA), Blank Mind (UK). She is also the co-founder of Discreet Editions, a publishing platform exploring interactions of historically-informed aesthetics in music and contemporary experimental composition, and has curated the Ernestine concert series in Marseille, France, for two years.

Ongoing collaborations are Rebecca Lane, Mara Winter, Ryoko Akama.
She has also worked with Lauri Hyvärinen, Léo Dupleix, Farida Amadou, Greg Stuart, Erik Carlson, Bruno Duplant, Patrick Farmer, Violeta Motta, Cristián Alvear, Noël Akchoté; and has performed with Lucie Vítková, Susan Alcorn, Leila Bordreuil, Tomeka Reid, Biliana Voutchkova, David Lacey, among others.

Clara de Asís completed film studies at University of Seville (2011) and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2010) in Spain. She then studied electroacoustic music composition at Cité de la Musique / National Conservatory in Marseille, France (2015). Independently, she has been a student of American percussionist Famoudou Don Moye from 2017 to 2020. Her atypical path from a visual area to a wide dedication to sound and music composition has provided her with a unique transdisciplinary insight. 


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